Romania reported a record 1,713 cases of novel coronavirus with new outbreaks in areas out of the capital.
The previous record was 1,504 cases on August 27. Wednesday’s figure was a more than 50% rise since the previous day.
The Strategic Communication Group said Wednesday that 49 patients with SARS-CoV-2 succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Authorities tested almost 26,000 people of which 6.46% were confirmed positive, a higher than average weekday figure.
Bucharest reported 211 new cases, more than any other place, but an outbreak in a retirement home near the city of Cluj led to a spike in fresh cases. Some 99 tested positive in the county, a rise in almost 4% of cases.
The county of Suceava which gained notoriety at the beginning of the pandemic after an outbreak at the main hospital made it the epicenter of Romania’s coronavirus infections, registered 91 new cases on Wednesday.
In the past 24 hours, 33 men and 16 women succumbed to the virus. Three were in their 40s, four in their 50s, 16 in their 60s and 26 were older than 70.
They all had underlying health issues such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or obesity which makes patients more vulnerable to the effects of the virus.
On Wednesday, there were 471 patients being treated in intensive care units, a slight rise over previous days. More than 6,850 patients with the virus are hospitalized.
A total of 107,011 cases and 4,285 deaths have been reported since the start of the pandemic in Romania.